It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of our friend and supporter Prof. Jacob Karni, faculty at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He was a member of the Arava Institute’s Public Council and Board of Directors for many years, and served as our Board’s Chair from 2011 to 2014. Prof. Karni was known among scientists as “Israel’s solar star”, having pioneered many innovative solar technologies.
Dr. David Lehrer, Arava Institute Executive Director: “Prof. Karni was a visionary and world leader in the field of solar energy. His leadership helped launch the Arava Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation. Jacob brought knowledge, passion, and academic excellence to the Institute while maintaining his humility, staying true to his kibbutz roots.”
We will miss him dearly, and send our condolences to his family.